Craig MacTavish got into a shouting match with a fan the other night, I think that’s probably a good thing. It helps for the fans to feel like they’re being heard, and it’s important for management to feel the temperature of the fanbase, listen closely, and then disregard it. Seriously.
- MacT: “Some of the teams I coached here were a lot more successful than this team has been so far this year, a lot closer to the playoffs at this point of the year than this team. But there was always a governor and a ceiling on those teams. There is no ceiling on this group. Quite clearly there is a good era ahead. It’s too long coming for most of us. But it’s coming.”
Article is here. I don’t really have anything to add, beyond there’s a big job to be done and the guy in charge of the journey has his head on straight and is seeing things clearly. A very good sign. The Oilers of Weight and Arnott and of Pronger-Peca-Pisani were thrill rides, but the Hall-Nuge-Yakupov era is going to shine like a diamond.
I badly want to quote more of the article, but won’t do it; I will suggest you wandering over there because there’s brilliant stuff about trades that need to be made and making certain that they get it right.
THE NEXT DEAL
There’s only one way to win the Sam Gagner deal: acquire a better player. The Oilers can add secondary players through the roof to acquire a better Gagner, but if they do another Smid for secondary deal the fanbase may go off the rails. A lot of the rage about this season comes from:
- raised expectations based on last season’s record
- MacT’s verbal in summer, the guy can sell ice to the Eskimos
- the noxious season we’re watching, rife with under-performances
- inability to beat anyone in the Oilers division
- trailing the Flames in the standings
I’m wondering if we can (as as group) make a list of suitable acquisitions in a Gagner deal. As mentioned above, I think we can project a bigger trade (as in Gagner plus Dillon Simpson and a 3rd rd pick) for what’s coming in. Here’s my quick list of possibles:
- Center: Travis Zajac, New Jersey Devils; Mikael Backlund, Calgary Flames; Nazem Kadri, Toronto Maple Leafs; Artem Anisimov, Columbus Blue Jackets; Joakim Andersson, Detroit Red Wings; Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils.
Any of those catch your eye? Some may not be available, others are extremely likely to be available. Some are more wingers than centers, and of course some might require things headed Edmonton’s way. How many did I miss?
Gagner on the wing looks like a showcase from here, and playing with Hall and Nuge looks like a big push. I wonder how many scouts will be at tomorrow night’s game? General Managers? Interesting times.
The Barons play tonight, tomorrow and Saturday and this is a fun time to pay attention to the team if you’re a prospect guy. All of the kids appear to be getting a push, with Curtis Hamilton and Martin Gernat (in photo, by Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved) making the most of it recently.
Corey Potter is at practice today, looks like he’s going to be back tomorrow night. The club sent Brad Hunt to the minors this morning. Hunt played in 3 games during his first callup to the NHL, and he’s in the record books for all-time. That’s a big deal, and I’m happy for him.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy day on the show, 10 this morning on TSN 1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Scott Cullen, TSN. Canada’s Olympic hockey team, Baseball’s Hall of Fame and the Leafs/Oilers struggles.
- Guy Flaming, Pipeline Show. WHL trade deadline sees teams making major moves. We’ll talk to Guy about it.
- Steve Dangle, Leafs Nation. The Leafs are losing their grip on the final playoff spot. Steve will give us the pulse of Leafs Nation.
- Rob Soria, Oil Drop. We’ll talk about the Baseball Hall of Fame and their exclusion of the great Tim Raines. Plus Oilers.
10-1260 via text, or @Lowetide_. It all starts at 10!